How does it work?
LiquidFiles is a virtual appliance server you install in your environment. This is a typical deployment and a typical usage:
In this example, Jenny in marketing is sending a marketing brief to Joe at an advertising company they're working with for a new campaign. Since the files she needs to send are large, about 100 Mb, and somewhat sensitive, email doesn't really work. Instead, she uses the company's installed LiquidFiles Filetransfer appliance.
- First, she visits https://securesend.company.com, the company's configured URL for their LiquidFiles appliance. Not that Jenny knows, but it's installed in the company's DMZ, behind the company's firewall. Once logged in with her AD username and password, she uploads the marketing brief, enters Joe's email address and writes a short message.
- An email is delivered to Joe with a link for him to download the marketing brief.
- When he clicks on the link, Joe is taken to the LiquidFiles server. When he's validated his email address to prove that it's really Joe, he downloads the files over a secure https connection. Joe does not have an account on the LiquidFiles server but using email validation can still be authenticated.
- When the download has completed, a download receipt is sent to Jenny, so that she knows that Joe has received the files.
How does it look?
This is how the main part of the interface looks when someone logs in to LiquidFiles to send a file.
- You can enter as many recipients as you need. Click on the CC and BCC button if you want to add CC or BCC addresses as well.
- Enter a subject line and a message.
- When you're done, please click on the Send button. If you have very large uploads that takes a long time, you can click the "send when done" checkbox and your email will be delivered when the last attachment has been added.
- In the Files section, you can add and remove files. There's a progress bar with speed and estimates when your files will be completely uploaded.
- You can select who can download the message:
- Only Specified Recipients.
- Only Specified Recipients and local users — so you can forward within your own company.
- Anyone after authentication — perfect for sending marketing material, since they have to authenticate, you will know who downloaded the files (they don't need accounts to download).
- Anyone — if you don't need any authentication.
- The message expires, and the files will be deleted at this date.
- Send a copy to myself (to store in your sent folder).
- If there are storage or admin set limits to how large files you can send, and any file type restrictions.